Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Libby Hathorn.
Ground breaking, award winning, Australian author, Elizabeth “Libby” Hathorn is a literary treasure. Through her career, Libby has written picture books, novels, poetry, short stories, drama and non-fiction for diverse audiences, including children, young adults and adults, alike.
Libby’s world is built on stories and the joy of writing as she uplifts and moves her audience. Libby’s latest book , A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy, a profound story about a young Australian soldier in the battle of the Somme, has already been recognised for its beauty and depth.
Libby has penned more than 50 books. Her creative work has been produced into stage and screen adaptations. Her perceptive and awe inspiring best-selling young-adult novel Thunderwith which was published in 1989, was picked up by Hallmark Hall of Fame in the United States and transformed into a television movie in the late 90s. The success of the movie and convincing acting, led to Emmy nominations for actor Judy Davis, as part of the process. Libby’s stories Grandma’s Shoes and Sky Sash So Blue were developed into children’s operas and her touching and edgy picture book Way Home was produced as a play by Barking Gecko with music composed by Stephen Lalor.
Libby’s tales have received praise around the world, from the United States, to Great Britain, Europe, Sweden, Denmark, India and Holland. Her books embrace a range of genres including, comedy and tragedy. Her characters can be anything from misunderstood, troubled youth, to light hearted, dynamic and whimsical children. Her ability to stir her readers through the journey of her characters is dazzling.
Libby’s writing path was foreshadowed at a young age. With no television and no car, Libby’s family entertained themselves playing games, reading aloud and sharing stories. Her parents were avid readers and they had bookshelves crammed with books. Libby’s grandmother saw a born storyteller in Libby. She was a true fan of her work from the very beginning and would encourage Libby’s imagination, as she would continuously echo “you will be a writer when you grow up.”
Wavering from her path for a period, Libby commenced a career in education, as a teacher, librarian, deputy principal and eventually a consultant and senior officer for government adult education programs. Her background in education served her well as an author, her natural ability to establish credible and influential young characters, is testament to her early career. As a librarian Libby was surrounded by books and the delight she experienced as she would share the charm of reading with children, further influenced her to pursue her writing endeavours.
Libby’s debut book for children was Stephen’s Tree in 1979 and she followed this with picture books Lachlan’s Walk and The Tram to Bondi Beach. Libby became a full-time writer in the late 80s and a writer in residence at the University of Technology in Sydney in 1990. Libby has been acknowledged for her books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Society of Women Writers and the American Library Association. She has been awarded the Crichton Award, the White Raven Choice for outstanding books at Bolgona Children’s Book Fair and the Kate Greenway Medal in the United Kingdom, amongst many others.
We are very pleased to welcome Libby Hathorn to the Creative Kids Tales community.
Introduction by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern
Some of Libby Hathorn's books: